Usain Bolt tips Harrier Gemili to become ‘great’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 30 August 2013

Adam Gemili. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Adam Gemili. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

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The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, has tipped Adam Gemili to become a star.

Blackheath & Bromley Harrier, Gemili, competed against Bolt at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich on Thursday of last week - but blamed a poor start for his failure to break the 10 second barrier.

The 19-year-old sprinter would have become the first Britain to break the 10 second barrier over 100 metres and the 20 second barrier over 200 metres.

Bolt, who won the race in 9.9 seconds, told the BBC: “He’s going to be great, as long as you do not pressue him.

He added: “With younger athletes, the biggest thing is when people pressure them too much.

“If you try to put too much pressure on these athletes, they cannot handle it.

“When they are younger, you should just enjoy [them]. Over time, they will get more experience, they will get serious, and they will do well.”

Though disappointed with his start, Gemili took to Twitter to thank fans for their support after the race.

He said: “Thanks for all the support tonight. What an awesome experience. Gotta be happy with a SB and that I didn’t fall and lose all my teeth.”

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